A Green and Inclusive Deal?

The newly released “European Green Deal” contains a palpable sense of support for improved social inclusion in a green and just transition but lacks urgency and detail on exactly how the EU proposes to implement such change. The deal, referring to “new business models”, fails to explicitly mention the role of existing sustainable entities such as social enterprises active in re-use and repair already providing up-skilling, jobs and training to […]

Green is the new Black!

In reaction to the worldwide “Black Friday” event, Envie, the French network of social enterprises working in re-use established the idea of a “Green Friday” in 2017. A green army of 400 organisations rejecting Black Friday practices now support the sustainable alternative to overconsumption and overproduction, Green Friday. Among these are the major networks of social enterprises such as Emmaüs France and RESSOURCES in Belgium. This third edition of the […]

3 Ways to Change Your Ways & Reduce Your Waste

Each year, RREUSE members divert over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill through re-use, repair and recycling. Combined across the wider RREUSE network, this is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers[1]. As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction and starting on the 16th of November, the Reuse More Throw Less Campaign is back. What does this mean and why is it so important? From the […]

3rd International Conference on Social and Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy

On 7 November 2019, RREUSE held its 3rd International Conference in Berriozar, focusing on the role of social and solidarity enterprises in the circular economy. The RREUSE network diverts over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill every year – which is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers. The conference, co-organised by AERESS and Traperos de Emaús Navarra, welcomed over 140 participants from 17 different countries. RREUSE was […]

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

RREUSE welcomes news from Luxembourg that today, October 24th 2019, the Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on the economy of wellbeing. Earlier in its presidency, Finland expressed the need for a paradigm shift in Europe towards an economy of wellbeing. [1] The council conclusions include recommendations and measures for both EU Member States and the Commission, stressing the need to move towards an economy that works for […]

Grab your tools! Today is Repair Day!

We all have drawers and cupboards we don’t dare open anymore because we’re worried its unsteady and rickety content will knock us over… But you might find some forgotten gems left hibernating and in need of some tinkering. Today is Repair Day 2019, so arm yourself with tools (and a sturdy helmet…) and save these items from premature burial! Ever since 2017, Repair Day takes place every year to promote […]

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

On June 27, RREUSE organised a site visit to a major Belgian textiles sorting facility owned by the social enterprise “Les Petits Riens”. The site visit attracted about 20 representatives from the European Commission, including from the Department for Employment (DG EMPL), Environment (DG ENV), Market, Industry & SMEs (DG GROW) and the European Economic and Social Committee. While EU officials approached the end of their mandate, they nonetheless left […]

EU Environment and Climate Ministers support a shift towards a truly circular economy

EU Environment and Climate Ministers support a shift towards a truly circular economy

Following agreement of the European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024, which appears promising for social enterprises active in the circular economy, Member States again expressed their willingness to go deeper in implementing the circular economy. On 12 July 2019 [1] the environment ministers reached a consensus that ’the goal must be a society that does not squander natural resources but creates new business opportunities from scarcity and problem solving. Manufacturing and […]

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

A “change towards a greener, fairer and more inclusive future” seems high on the European Council’s new strategic agenda for the next five years [1]. The agenda promotes inclusive labour markets that provide opportunities for all and help tackling inequalities and different forms of exclusion. In order to achieve this, the Council underlines the need to invest in people’s skills and education, support entrepreneurship and innovation. It also stresses the […]